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Herdsmen attack passengers on Ife-Ibadan highway



Herdsmen attack passengers on Ife-Ibadan highway

…kill civil servant

Suspected herdsmen in military uniform, yesterday, blocked the Ife-Ibadan Expressway and attacked passengers, killing a civil servant identified as Mr. Adenipekun Ademiju.
The deceased was a worker in the Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun State. He was killed at Ikire, Irewole Local Government Area. The deceased was shot in the head.
The herdsmen, armed with guns, took to the highway and robbed commuters plying the route.
The herdsmen were alleged to have operated for a long time, and shot sporadically into the air.
Ademiju was said to have boarded a vehicle at Osu town going to Ibadan when he and other passengers were attacked at Ikire community along the expressway.
According to an eyewitness account, Ademiju was hit by a bullet as the robbers fired indiscriminately to forcefully stop the vehicle.
“The man was killed instantly by Fulani herdsmen who rob regularly on this road. It was Ademiju and the driver that were in the car, but while the robbers were shooting indiscriminately to forcefully stop them, a bullet hit the deceased.
“The driver ran into the nearby bush and Ademiju’s body was left on the highway by the robbers, who went away with the car,” the witness said.
An unidentified man was also said to have been shot on the leg, while several others were injured.
Another witness, Adeyemi Adetunji, said: “The deceased was deposited at the morgue of a private hospital in Ikire, while the man that was shot on the leg, was also taken to the same hospital, where he is presently receiving treatment.
“The herdsmen actually targeted the driver of the vehicle, but the bullet missed its target and killed the deceased. The robbers dropped the corpse on the highway and went away with the car.”
A top police officer, who preferred anonymity, disclosed that three men had been arrested by the police in connection with the incident.
The police officer claimed that the suspects arrested were crippled beggars, who used to keep ammunition for the herdsmen.
The source added: “The police were shocked when they discovered that crippled beggars were armourers of these evil doers.”
The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police (SP), Folashade Odoro, while confirming the incident, said that police were still investigating the matter.

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